It doesn’t seem right, of course, that watching “24” or playing a video game could be as important cognitively as reading a book. Isn’t the extraordinary success of the “Harry Potter” novels better news for the culture than the equivalent success of “Grand Theft Auto III”? Johnson’s response is to imagine what cultural critics might have said had video games been invented hundreds of years ago, and only recently had something called the book been marketed aggressively to children:
From “Everything Bad Is Good for You” by Steven Johnson. Review
Friday was the last day of school. I'm going back today to finish packing my stuff (they're moving me to a different room).
I've got spinach, arugula, red lettuce, endive, lovage, swiss chard, all doing nicely under a record-breaking heat wave. Triple digits last week. Yesterday it cooled down some.
I planted brandywine tomatoes this year. It's a heirloom variety, medium sized, very meaty and tastes incredible. Would have liked some Costoluto Geneveses but there's no room. Habaneros, serranos, and picquin peppers round out the garden. Looking for a creeping rosemary for a small rocky spot, and that's about it.
I produced about a dozen class newsletters this year. The last one included the URL to Hunkin's Experiments with a note to parents to keep their kids intellectually sharp over the next two school-free months. Cool site.
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Not as cool as Neuromancer (which I read twice over the span of ten years), but, considering that this is his first attempt at a story set in the present, a very good showing. I'm three-quarters through and having a ball.
A Walk in the Woods by Marjolein Bastin has occupied a special place on my bookshelf these past few years. Holly Gilbert presented me with the book when she graduated fifth grade. Holly is one of those special, rare flowers who make you so very glad that you're a teacher.
Last week I received an invitation to Holly's high school graduation May 24 at Athens Bible School. I can't attend, but I wanted to share with Holly the book at the pinnacle of my top ten list, Guy Murchie's The Seven Mysteries of Life.